Javier Hernández is unsure whether he will remain at Manchester United next year, but Atlético Madrid are willing to offer the Mexican an escape route from Old Trafford should he decide to leave.

Hernández flew out to the United States to join the club’s pre-season tour but he has so far made only two brief substitute appearances.

Even though the new manager, Louis van Gaal, prefers to play with two strikers, Hernández still faces stiff competition from Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Wilfried Zaha for a first-team place.

After United’s penalty shootout win over Inter Milan on Tuesday night, Hernández was asked if he saw his future at Old Trafford.

“The future, only god knows,” he said.

When pressed on his limited match time under Van Gaal, the striker responded: “There is competition here and I will continue to work hard as I always do.”

Hernández was an instant hit at United after his surprise move from his home-town club Guadalajara in 2011.

But the signing of Van Persie and the emergence of Welbeck has caused the Mexican to start just 15 Premier League games in the last two seasons.

Van Gaal was asked after the friendly win in Washington whether he would consider selling Hernández.

He replied: “That I cannot answer because he is a player of Manchester United at this moment.”